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Address: Estacion de Alausi | Station Alausí, Riobamba 060150, Ecuador
Phone Number: 1800 873637
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8:00 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 8:00 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Thu - Fri 6:30 am - 1:30 pm
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The Devil’s Nose awaits us beyond the quaint village of Alausi; a defiant...

The Devil’s Nose awaits us beyond the quaint village of Alausi; a defiant outcrop that looks almost impossible to climb down. The train descents, in a breathtaking maneuver, 500 meters in just 12 kilometers across a zigzag craved in the rocks of the mountain, and continues deep into the Chanchan River gorge in the Southern Ecuadorian Andes. The train operates from Tuesdays to Sundays departing from Alausi or Thursdays to Fridays departing from Riobamba.

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Lovely train ride, great scenery.

The Devils Nose train ride is a lovely way to spend two and a half hours. The train goes through some great scenic countryside. It stops for 10 min to let you take photos of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 24, 2016
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love going on train rides but this one really wasn't worth the money. It was very touristy, the ride itself takes about 45 minutes one way. The scenery is ok, but typical for the region (no need to go on the train). Down at Simbane, there are dancers waiting and the whole train ride is only for tourists really.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found it odd to see my fellow passengers excitedly jockeying for position at the windows to photograph the view, knowing that most of them had taken roads to the train station that were more vertiginous and offered far more exciting views, than this very tame ride. On the way back up, they all remained seated, so maybe they didn't... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a day trip train that runs between Alausi and the craft village of Sibambe, where there is folk dancing, handicrafts, and snacks. You ride down a cliff where, at two points, the engineers throw a switch, and the train reverses direction -- there is no room for a turnaround otherwise. This will be one of the highlights of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a former railroad executive many customers are seeking an adventure, of some type. The Devils Nose is certainly an adventure. The scenery is spectacular, perhaps for some even scary. The views from the cars opens up vast mountain valleys with some animals but that's not the main purpose of this ride. The cars and the seats are very well... More 

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Timbuktu, Tombouctou, Mali
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took the train from Alausi. I had booked on line (although off season it was not necessary). I took the 8 am train that I thoroughly recommend as I had both sides of the carriage to myself. The cabin attendant/guide was great (Spanish/English). Half way stop for cafe break and cultural goodies (bought a string bag). Great experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

El Nariz del Diablo train is definitely worth doing. It is hard to believe how a rail bed can be built in the Andes and the engineering it took to do so. This adventure down into the lower valley that affords an excellent view (cameras at the ready please) of the Devil's Nose will make you happy the engineering was... More 

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Silver Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We drove from the coast of Ecuador to Alausi to take this train ride. It was a very nice excursion. The descent is so steep in places and the mountain was so difficult to lay the track on that the train must make switchbacks and reverse direction to make the descent. The scenery is beautiful. It's a little pricey for... More 

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Guayaquil, Ecuador
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Very good for a family trip. A short (45min) ride on the train to see the mountains and rivers, also the tour is very organized. All the people and guides speak english.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 via mobile

This was pricey compared to the rest of Ecuador at $30, and in my opinion, not really worth it. Sure, as said in a previous review, the engineering feat of these train tracks is impressive, but it's not really something you appreciate by physically riding it - you can think about it for about five minutes and move on with... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

The Devils Nose train ride is a lovely way to spend two and a half hours. The train goes through some great scenic countryside. It stops for 10 min to let you take photos of the Devils Nose, then goes down through a couple of switchbacks to the station at Simbambe where you spend an hour watching locals doing native... More 

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